Disney Christmas parade, 10 a.m. to noon, ABC (check local listings).
By mid-morning on
Christmas, presents have been unwrapped and people want something
cheery on the TV screen. That's where the Disney people step in.
team of Derek and Julianne Hough introduce parks parades, plus music
numbers filmed in advance. Kelly Clarkson sings “I'll Be Home for
Christmas,” Sofia Carson does “Silent Night” and recent “Voice”
champion Jordan Fisher does “The Christmas Song.” Also:
OneRepublic, Alessia Cara and Gavin DeGraw, plus solos and duets from
Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood.
“I Love Lucy” and “Dick Van Dyke Show” specials, 8 and 9
p.m., CBS. Some of the best moments of the 1950s and '60s were in
black-and-white ... and were abruptly discarded. Now computer-added
color brings them to new generations.
episode – slow by modern standards – has lots of Santas; the
other lets Lucy be a dancer in a movie musical. One hilarious Van
Dyke episode has Laura (Mary Tyler Moore) tell the world that Rob's
boss (Carl Reiner, the show's creator) is bald; the other flashes
back to when their baby was born.
ALTERNATIVE: “Great Performances,” 9 p.m., PBS.
The first two
chapters of this Shakespearan trilogy were filled with gore, rage,
madness and brilliant performances. For the finale, the gore is
finally set aside, but the madness hits overdrive.
As King Edward IV
fades, his brother Richard (brilliantly played by Benedict
Cumberbatch) schemes. To clear a path to the throne, he disposes of
two young princes and his own brother George. This leaves their
mother (Judi Dench) appalled and the widowed former-Queen Margaret
(Sophie Okonedo) filled with rage and curses. The result – superbly
filmed and acted – brings the story to a fierce finale.
Story” (1983), 6 a.m., 8 a.m., etc., TBS and TNT. Last night, this
darkly funny film began its annual marathon. It started at 8 p.m. and
re-starts ever two hours, until 8 p.m. today.
Football, 4:30 p.m.,
NFL Network and 8:30 p.m., NBC. Most of the games were on Saturday,
giving the players a Christmas break. These games, however, prevent a
football-free Sunday. First, the Pittsburgh Steelers (9-5) could
cinch their division title when they host the Baltimore Ravens (8-6).
Then the Kansas City Chiefs (10-4) could cinch a play-off spot,
hosting the Denver Broncos (9-5).
“Call the Midwife
Holiday Special,” 7:30-9 p.m., PBS (check local listings). For five
seasons, this has skillfully mixed feel-good emotions and feel-awful
situations. Deeply decent doctors, nurses and nuns have battled
wretched health crises and poverty. Now the year is 1962 and the
awfulness is amped up, as volunteers head to a clinic in rural South
Africa. Medicine is scarce, the water supply is vanishing and the
lone doctor (well-played by Sinead Cusack) is sick. It's tough and
“Beauty and the
Beast” (1991), 8-10 p.m., ABC. In the midst of a long slump, Disney
had this animated gem. It won two Oscas for its music and was
nominated for four more, including best picture.
“When Calls the
Heart Christmas,” 8-10 p.m., Hallmark. This frontier Canadian town
is deeply dependant on shipments by train. Now a derailment leaves it
without food ... and Christmas presents.
9 p.m., CBS. In a rerun of the season-opener, President Dalton faces
a tough re-election bid and wants no drastic ideas; that's when
Elizabeth pushes a big change in foreign spending. Morgan Freeman,
one of the show's producers, directed the episode and plays the chief
p.m., CBS. A transplanted rerun has Mac protecting a whistleblower.
First, of course, he has to fix something – in this case a train,
using only an armrest, a curtain rod and a toothpick.